After weekly emails for the past year you would think that I could come up with a unique opening liner every week. Well, you(mainly me) were wrong. Get used to it. So let's just get right to the goods shall we?
Well.. This past week we were able to teach a YSA named DJ, and he decided that he wants to be baptized. On his birthday. In like 2 weeks. Sounds great right? Well it is, except for the fact that there are a certain amount of lessons we have to teach before someone can be baptized and we are only on the first.. still.. with him. His comprehension isn't the greatest but his heart is there 100% he's been coming to church, FHE and meeting with the elders for a long time he wants to be baptized so badly. So we're going to see him again tonight and explain more about the priesthood to him. It should be really good, we have a lot of YSAs coming to teach him with us tonight.
On Wednesday we saw Millie (a recent convert) and it turns out she had found out that her godson had passed away. She was a wreck, but we were able to talk to her about the plan of salvation and how children under 8 don't need to be baptized to enter into the kingdom of God, so that was a really good lesson, the spirit was really really strong. On our way back from that appointment guess who we saw in our apartment parking lot.. Gene and a few of his buddies. He says "Hey guys, you gotta listen to these sisters, they speak the whole truth and nothing but it!" we were able to teach Gene and his friends about the restoration and the part that killed me was when Sister Winger was talking about the first vision and Gene nudged me and whispered "They're gonna love this.." so now we know that it was a wise investment giving Gene the restoration video, he said he's watched it maybe 4 times since we gave it to him a week ago. haha oh Gene, I got more to share about him later.
We then had dinner with a ward missionary Sister Rogers and she gave us this cider in wine glasses.. She kept making this joke of acting surprised/ashamed when her husband (1st counselor in the bishopbric) came in from work. She just thought that would be the funniest thing ever. We didn't do it, but she had a hoot just thinking about it. haha After dinner with Sister Rogers we had our 2nd dose of dinner with a less active woman in the ward. She took good care of us. We went out to this restaurant called Ghengis Grill, so good. But pretty expensive for taking the missionaries out (in my opinion haha) but it was so good. We were stuffed, the woman in the ward asked our waiter if he could roll her out to her car. Haha oh my gosh he wasn't sure if she was serious or not. But honestly, neither was I. Haha so we have these potential investigators that we know and the other day the girlfriend came and knocked on our door..(They live in the same complex as us) and told us that she was making some salmon and that she was gonna have too much for her family so we were invited over. Who turns down salmon? Obviously not me. Haha so we were actually able to eat with them and teach them! It was definitely a miracle!
another GREAT MIRACLE!! Louis was baptized this past weekend and I was able to go! When he saw me he ran up and gave me this giant hug and I just awkwardly stood there and said "Louis, you know you can't hug me, you really need to stop" haha his response was "Sister Groves, it's not even like that. SISTER Groves" haha but it was so good to see him! None of his family was there to support him so that really was sad, but he was baptized by one of the young men in the ward and they've become really good friends! It was really cool, I sat by him throughout the whole thing and I just felt like I knew exactly why I was sent to Maplewood 2nd.
So now onto the Gene story. Gene has been doing awesome lately, we've been teaching him and he's basically accepted everything.. So we asked him to pray about baptism. He did! The answer that he got was that he needed to be baptized the problem being that he didn't care where it was or who did it. So on saturday night he told us that he wasn't going to be able to make it to church because he was going to get baptized by his friend at his friends house. That was probably the most heartbreaking thing ever. Priesthood authority is something we've really been trying to help him understand.
But as far as the rest of the week goes.. P day is changed to Tuesday next week, due to Labor day so don't be alarmed to not get an email on monday and i'm being transferred. More details to come next email. I love ya'll and hope you have a great week. Keep strong and carry on my friends :)